Glendale - A housing development that originally proposed to build two 20-unit assisted living facilities and an eight-lot subdivision is being altered due to soil contamination.

Developer Nick Donets received approval from the Glendale Plan Commission last year to build two 20-unit assisted living facilities at the site of the former Prange Greenhouse at the northeast corner of West Good Hope and North Range Line roads. An eight-lot subdivision was proposed north of the assisted living facilities, but the Department of Natural Resources found a majority of the soil in the subdivision area was contaminated with arsenic and other chemicals.

The cost for soil remediation per residential lot would exceed $70,000. Donets has submitted a new proposal to the city with two community-based residential facility buildings that would house about 40 residents per building. The new plan will move the larger buildings further back in the lot, and move the DNR mandated drainage pond to the front of the lot. The eight-lot subdivision has been reduced to three homes.

About 25 to 30 residents learned about the revised plans during a neighborhood information meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The proposal will be considered by the Glendale Plan Commission in November.

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